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Recently several military historians have suggested that the ordinary foot soldier, not the generals, determine the course of a battle.

A) the ordinary foot soldier, not the generals, determine
B) the ordinary foot soldier, rather than the generals, determine
C) it is not the generals but ordinary foot soldiers that determines
D) it is the ordinary foot soldiers, not the generals, that determines
E) ordinary foot soldiers, not the generals, determine

Please explain your reasoning

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E) !

A) is out because wrong subject-verb-agreement

B) same as in A)

C) same as in B)

D) same as in C)

E) "ordinary foot soldiers...determine" => plural => verb agrees with subject => ok !
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New post 22 Feb 2005, 08:47
One more for 'E'
Apart from christoph's error list - 'A' & 'B' has wrong comparsisons - foot soldier to generals
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E, because of subject-verb agreement other choices are ruled out.
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E. Only choice that properly compars bet ordinary foot soldiers and the generals, and has also proper verb-determine
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(E).. Subject-Verb Agreement question & ellipsis.

detemine/determines are used for both soldier/soldiers and general/generals.

(E): can be re-written as: Recently several military historians have suggested that the ordinary foot soldiers determine the course of a battle, not the generals (determine the course of a battle).
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New post 23 Feb 2005, 12:45
Sorry guys, I'm late.
It should be E.
A and B are blindly ruled out for their dissimilar comparision of singular/plural.
C and D are ruled out for the wrong subject/verb combination.
E is simple and precise.
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OA is E.
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